Why does God make people suffer?
Why do we suffer? Why are their millions of homeless? Why are there deadly diseases like HIV? Why are there famines that cause so much suffering in third world countries. Why does God make us suffer?
God does not inflict these sufferings on us. Then what causes all these suffering in the world? We believe that it is greed, arrogance and self love in our minds that cause us to behave contrary to God’s intention of a joyous life. These behaviors directly and indirectly cause sufferings in the world. It causes suffering directly by the effects on the subjects that the behavior inflicts. Indirectly, it eventually causes suffering to the individual who elicits the bad behavior, which some call causality or innen.
In the Tip of the Writing Brush, God says that he can only look on to what we have done to ourselves. God can only help us improve our future. God grants us a prayer to sweep away evils (greed, arrogance, and self love) from our minds. With the elimination of these evils, our behaviors becomes exemplary, causing a joyous future (causality).
Pray with sincerity,
“Evil sweeping, save us please, Universal Saving God”
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